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New York Congressman: FBI, NTSB Need to Get More Involved with Malaysian Airliner Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Frustrated with the pace of the investigation into the missing Malaysian airliner, a New York Congressman insisted Sunday that the FBI and NTSB should get more involved, Fox News reports.

New York Rep. Peter King, a Republican, said the the Malaysia government is not cooperating.

“This has been frustrating for the FBI,” said King, chairman of the House Sub-Committee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence and a former chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. “My understanding is the Malaysian government is not cooperating.”

Among the 239 missing passengers are three Americans.

Much of the frustration stems from the slow Malaysian response.

Report: Man Who Died in Border Patrol Custody Was Believed to be Faking Seizure

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An American citizen died in U.S. Border Patrol custody after paramedics erroneously concluded that he was faking a seizure, according to a medical examiner’s report, Al Jazeera reports.

Steven Keith, 58, died on Christmas at a Southern California checkpoint facility about 20 miles from the border.

The cause of Keith’s death is an overdose from methamphetamine, which may have been the result of him swallowing a packet of meth that broke in his digestive system.

When Keith arrived at the Campo Border Patrol Station on Christmas eve, a paramedic was asked to examine him because of “seizure-like activity.”

“The paramedic reportedly applied pressure to his shoulder area and initially assessed that he was faking a seizure. He was then left alone in the cell and continued to be monitored via camera,” the report said.

When a Border Patrol agent checked on Keith’s cell, he was  “discovered lying unresponsive,” according to the report.

Family Members Express Shock That Border Killed Self After Alleged Assaults

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Family members of a Border Patrol agent who killed himself after allegedly assaulting three immigrant women are having trouble processing the news.

“It’s really hard to believe,” Susana Manzanares said of her ex-husband Esteban Manzanares, who shot himself after authorities say he sexually assaulted three women on Wednesday.

Manzanares described her husband as kind-hearted and always willing to help strangers.

“What surprises me is that he would leave his children,” she said.

Details of what happened are still emerging.

Owner of Gun Parts Store in California Refuses to Give Feds List of Customers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The owner of a California gun parts store is refusing to release the names of customers to federal agents, the Washington Times reports.

Dimitrios Karras, who owns Ares Armor in Oceanside, insisted it was an invasion of privacy to hand over the identities of 5,000 customers who purchased gun parts.

“They said either give us these 5,000 names or we are coming in and taking pretty much anything — which is a huge privacy concern and something we are not willing to do,” Karras said.

“They were going to search all of our facilities and confiscate our computer and pretty much shut our business down,” he said. “The government invades our privacy on a daily basis and everyone thinks it’s ok. This is one of those situations where hopefully the governmental institutions will come in and say this is protected and no you’re not taking it from them.”

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Senators Call for Inspector General Investigation of Ethics Infractions by Justice Department

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new report shows that Justice Department lawyers committed hundreds of ethics infractions ranging from recklessness to misconduct.

Now a bipartisan group of senators is supporting a bill that would empower the inspector general to conduct an investigation, NPR reports.

The senators want to bypass the traditional route – using the Office of Professional Responsibility, which reports to the Attorney General and has been criticized for being too secretive.

“Current law invites undue influence from the Attorney General’s office into the process and should be changed to ensure the integrity of investigations of misconduct within the Justice Department,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said in a prepared statement.

The bill would give the inspect general limitless jurisdiction.

Some of the cases involve intentionally misleading courts.

Border Patrol Agent Accused of Kidnapping, Assaulting 3 Immigrants Before Shooting Self

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the death of a border patrol agent who is accused of kidnapping and assaulting three women who were  in the country illegally in South Texas , the Associated Press reports.

The probe began when authorities encountered one of the injured women, which prompted a “search and recovery” effort by Border Patrol agents.

After finding a second woman, Border Patrol and FBI agents went to the Mission home of the accused agent, Esteban Manzanares, and found him dead from an apparent self-inflicted gun shot. That is where they discovered the third woman.

Manzanares had been with the agency since 2008 and was on patrol when he discovered the women, according to investigators.

“We believe he is the person responsible for the kidnappings and the assault of all three of them,” said Michelle Lee, an FBI spokeswoman in San Antonio. She did not elaborate on the investigation.

Justice Department Declines to Identify 100s of Federal Prosecutors Accused of Serious Misconduct

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is refusing to identify hundreds of federal prosecutors who are accused of committing serious misconduct over the past decade, the Washington Times reports.

Most of the actions were described as “reckless” or “intentional misconduct,” according to a scathing report released Thursday.

“The lack of transparency insulates the Justice Department from meaningful public scrutiny,” Danielle Brian, the Project on Government Oversight’s executive director, said in a statement. “Our findings raise serious concerns that the attorney general’s office isn’t aggressively overseeing or disciplining its bad apples.”

A bi-partisan group of Senators is calling for an independent investigation.